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Club launches rocket-powered porta-potty

The "Throne Thrusters" said their porta-potty was outfitted with a cluster of seven motors.

By Ben Hooper

THREE OAKS, Mich., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- A Michigan club released video of its porta-potty rocket flying about 2,000 feet, remaining airborne for 38 seconds.

Michiana Rocketry club members dubbed the "Throne Thrusters" said they spent 2 1/2 years outfitting the portable toilet with a cluster of seven motors, bringing the weight of the unusual aircraft to nearly 450 pounds.

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The rocket traveled about 2,000 feet from its launch site Saturday in Three Oaks and nearly struck a spectator's pickup truck. The potty was in the air for about 38 seconds, the club said.

The launch had originally been scheduled for November, but was delayed by weather concerns.

Project coordinator Larry Kingman said the group's goal was to boost interest in rocketry.

"I like odd rockets," Kingman told the La Porte Herald Argus. "It's a thrill. It's a challenge. Every rocket's different. And you never know where they're going to come down."

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